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The Cowherds Beg Krishna to Rescue Them from a Forest Fire

c. 1720
Artist/maker unknown, Indian
In the dry heat of the central Indian summer, forest fires are a major concern. Krishna often exhibits his divine powers by miraculously swallowing forest fires that threaten the villagers. In this instance, the cowherds have been so distracted by their games that they allowed the cattle to stray into the forest. Just when they had recovered the herd, flames burst out around them. Here the terrified boys, cattle, and wild animals run from the flames encroaching on all sides. At the center of this circle of fire and fear stands Krishna, larger than the other figures, his hand raised to calm their panic.

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